Mawkish anti-human irrationality has a victory over common sense in Western Australia this week. Following a spate of shark attacks and fatalities in the ocean off WA — seven fatalities in the last three years — the state government announced plans to reduce their numbers by having professional fishermen catch and kill the largest and most dangerous sharks, in particular the great whites.
Inevitably, some non-dangerous sharks and other sea-creatures can look to be caught as well, but the targets of the cull are sharks over 9 feet long, including great whites, tigers, grey nurses and hammerheads — all man-eaters. Since these sharks eat far more other sea-creatures than they eat humans, the plan could actually be expected to benefit more turtles, dolphins and other fish than the number that might be accidently caught.
One fatality occurred just as a nearby restaurant was advertising a “gourmet experience,” a tragedy which led to some particularly offensive (I nearly said tasteless) jokes on the local media.